Djimon Hounsou's acting career spans more than 30 years, including two Oscar nominations and roles in myriad prestige and blockbuster projects such as Amistad, Gladiator, In America, Laura Croft, Blood Diamond, Guardians of the Galaxy, Furious 7, Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Shazam!, A Quiet Pace Part II And first day, Black Adam, Rebel Moon and this weekend Shazam! fury of the gods, Still Hounsou told Guardian In a recent interview, “I am yet to meet that film which has paid me properly.”
He elaborated: “I'm still struggling trying to make a dollar! I've come across some people in business who are totally thriving and I have very little to admire. So I'm going to try to make money when it comes to finance.” I am also feeling cheated in terms of workload.
Specifically, the actor says, “I've gone to the studio for meetings and they're like: ‘Wow, we felt like you went off the boat and then went right back. ‘” [after Amistad], We did not know that you have come here as a true actor. When you hear things like this, you can see that some people have a very limited view of you, or what you represent. But it is what it is. It's up to me to capitalize on it.
As a result, Hounsou said, “I still have to prove why I need to be paid. They always come to me with a complete low ball: ‘We only have this much for the role, but we love you so much.' Do and we really think you can bring so much. ,
And it's not just him. Hounsou said that even actors who make it to the Oscars find equal pay elusive.
“Viola Davis said it beautifully: She's won an Oscar, she's won an Emmy, she's won a Tony and she still can't get paid. [Davis won a Grammy in February for EGOT status.] Film after film, it's a struggle. I am yet to find a film that has paid me appropriately.
The actor speaks with his experience Shazam! The franchise has been a bit different.
“Out of all of those, the DC universe has a level of respect,” he said. “At first there was not much to the role and I did it and it was fun. But the second time it was a bit more respectable.
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